June 29, 2016
New Ceiling Fans for My Bedford Farm
I am always on the lookout for new, innovative and well-built equipment I can use at my farm. I pay very close attention to details, and truly appreciate easy-to-use, well-designed home solutions.
Recently, I decided to install a few modern ceiling fans in a couple of the buildings on the property - mostly in large spaces with very high ceilings where additional air circulation is needed.
My new fans are from Big Ass Solutions in Lexington, Kentucky - a leading designer, engineer and manufacturer of industrial and commercial fans and lights worldwide. This year, Big Ass Solutions launched Haiku Home, a residential division that offers quality fans and lights specifically for home use. Here are some photos.
1 One of the places where I wanted ceiling fans is my large blog studio, located on one end of my long carport building.
2 The ceilings in the studio are 16-feet high, with a row of windows near the top, so the room remains cool all year long.
3 To help circulate warmer air during cooler months, and to create refreshing breezes during summer, I decided to install two modern ceiling fans.
4 The fans from Haiku by Big Ass Solutions, are part of their H Series, and are specifically designed for large residential rooms. The fans arrived with all the parts packaged neatly for installation. haikuhome.com/martha
5 This is a custom-painted airfoil. It is painted gray to coordinate with Bedford Gray, a color I designed and use on all the buildings and outdoor furniture at the farm. These individual airfoils are weighed and matched before the fans are assembled, hand-balanced, tested and then boxed for shipment.
6 I have six of these industrial galvanized dome lights in the studio. Each of the two ceiling fans would be positioned in the center of the room, between the light fixtures.
7 To ensure everything is installed perfectly, we used a laser meter to measure. Similar devices can be found at The Home Depot. http://www.homedepot.com/
8 Our electrician located all the necessary center points. Ceiling fans have many benefits including lower energy consumption and costs.
9 This is where one ceiling fan would be positioned - remember the DIY catchphrase, "measure twice, cut once."
10 A hole was cut into the ceiling to accommodate the fan's mounting hardware.
11 Another hole was created for the second fan. When installing any kind of electrical equipment, be sure to select a reputable, licensed electrician who provides warrantees to guarantee the proper functioning of the new systems.
12 Here, the electricians are assembling the mounting hardware and attaching the extended mount to the fan motor. At the farm, we always cover work spaces with proper drop cloths or towels to keep areas clean.
13 The mounting hardware is placed on the motor hub.
14 On the ceiling, the mounting bracket is wired and secured to a fan-rated ceiling box.
15 The downtube and airfoils are secured to the motor. Haiku fans can be mounted onto a ceiling as low as eight-feet, but we opted for a longer extension tube because of the very tall ceiling.
16 Here, the extension tube is attached, and the round canopy that covers the mounting bracket and wiring is connected.
17 This is a closer view of the mounting bracket - just a few-inches wide.
18 A special mounting ball rests in the mounting bracket to keep all the important wiring in place.
19 The mounting ball holds the steel safety cable, a wiring harness and a ground wire. The cable is a secondary safety feature that ensures all the fan's elements remain together.
20 The electrician carefully lifts the fan up to attach the mounting ball to the mounting bracket on the ceiling.
21 Here is a closeup of the wires and safety cable being attached.
22 The canopy is neatly placed and the protective bubble sleeves are removed from the airfoils.
23 The round protective covering is removed from the sensor assembly in the center of the fan and the permanent lower cover is installed. Our electrician takes one last look.
24 All finished - these Haiku H Series fans look great.
25 The fans are operated with the wall control or the Haiku Home app, which allows fan adjustments and speeds to be pre-programmed. This remote also has a “whoosh” button to make the fans simulate a natural breeze. The SenseME technology also allows Haiku to connect to other "smart" home devices.
26 The fans are in motion - so smooth and quiet.